Full Title Final Research Project

Short Title Research Project

Code RSCH09022
Level 09
Credit 20

Author McTaggart, Breda
Department Social Sciences

Subject Area Research
Attendence N/A%
Fee

Description
The objective of the dissertation/research project is to provide an independent and critical appraisal of an issue. This work can be presented in a number of different formats.
  • Critical Theory: A thorough theoretical exploration of a specific issue is carried out either ass an extended literature review or a systematic review. A conceptual framework may be an additional output of this project.
  • Empirical Data. The theoretical framework of a subject area is developed by review of the literature, the empirical evidence is collected to answer a specific question or develop a specific point within the chosen subject area.
  • Case study: A single in-depth case study is undertaken using innovative methodologies and methods to examine the single case in sufficient detail.
  • A selected project from a set of supervisor led topics, carried out using one of the previous mentioned formats.
  • Practice-Based Research Study. The research field is in practice and therefore the study will be conducted by the practitioner in practice, with the investigation of a problem, development of an action (eg: project) to address the problem and dissemination of findings to fellow practitioners being of importance.

  • Indicative Syllabus
    Demonstrate skills to assess the effectiveness of any research approach identified.

    Students will demonstrate and defend why they have chosen a particular topic, research process and format.

    Evaluate the existent literature available and draw inferences from this body of knowledge.

    Students are expected to critically review key literature and relevant to the field and informs the topic undertaken. They are expected to demonstrate forms of knowledge and how different knowledge can influence the format of information presented e.g. policy document, legislative document, and peer review publication, whilst not ignoring the importance of different sources to a research area. They are expected to present and argue literature which clearly demonstrates increased knowledge and expertise in their fields, and where appropriate informs the development of further stages of empirical work.

    Demonstrate a range of standard and specialised research or equivalent tools and techniques of enquiry.

    Methods, tools and techniques are dependent on the project, but must demonstrate a clear relevancy to the research chosen. Students must be able to justify these decisions as the best fit for their research project.

    Carry out research in an ethical manner

    In adherence with Social Sciences good practice guidelines and IT Sligo's Code of Practice for the Quality Assurance of Postgraduate Research.

    Produce a research project in a format appropriate to level 9 award.

    Students completed work will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competency that are required for a level nine award. It will be presented and published in a manner appropriate to this award level e.g. typed, bound.

    Argue the validity of the process and research undertaken.

    A via voce will be undertaken by the student, allowing them to present and defend their work to examiners. Students must demonstrate a thorough understanding of all aspects of their research project which allows questions to be answered accurately and fluently and the discussion to be extended with confidence into familiar and unfamiliar areas.

    Dissemination of findings.

    The research process and output will be presented by students at a public forum for those working in the social care field eg: seminar.

    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to
    1. Demonstrate skills to assess the effectiveness of any research approach identified.

    2. Evaluate the existent literature available and draw inferences from this body of knowledge.

    3. Demonstrate a range of standard and specialised research or equivalent tools and techniques of enquiry.

    4. Carry out reserach in an ethical manner.

    5. Produce a research project in a format appropriate to level 9 award.

    6. Argue the validity of the process and research undertaken.

    7. Disseminate the findings of the research carried out through an appropriate platform.


    Assessment Strategies
    This research project will be assessed both verbally and with a written submission.

    Students in their oral presentation will be expected to defend their research project and process to an audience of their peers.

    Written submission will be 25,000 for 1-4 and must adhere to guidance and code of ethics of the institute.

    Written submission for the practice-based research study will 15,000 including an academic paper for presentation and must adhere to guidance and code of ethics of the institute.

    Assessment Facilitites
    Students must submitt two bound copies of their work on/ before the submission date.

    All projects must have a turnitin report attached.

    Examiners may be internal or external to the organisation.

    Module Dependencies
    Pre Requisite Modules
    RSCH09019
    Co Requisite Modules
    None
    Incompatible Modules
    None

    Coursework Assessment Breakdown %
    Course Work / Continuous Assessment 100 %

    Coursework Assessment Breakdown

    Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
    Submission of Project 1,2,3,4,7 80 Week 30
    Viva Voce 5,6 20 Week 31


    End Exam Assessment Breakdown

    Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week


    Distance Learning Mode Workload

    Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

    Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

    Part Time Mode Workload

    Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload
    Directed Learning Not Specified Reserach Project Supervision 1 Weekly 1.00

    Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 1.00 Hours

    Full Time Mode Workload

    Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

    Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

    Online Learning Mode Workload

    Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

    Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

    Resources
    Book Resources
    This is project dependant, students will be guided by supervisor. Some suggested texts.

    Costley, C., G. Elliot & C. Gibb (2010) Approaches to enquiry for insider-researchers. London: Sage. Hart., E and Bond,M, (1995) Action Research for Health and Social Care: A Guide to Practice by Open University Press, Buckingham.

    Mason, J. (2002) Qualitative researching. Thousand Oaks [CA]: Sage.

    May, T. (2004) Social research: Issues, methods and process. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

    Possamai-Inesedy, A. & Gwyther, G. (2010) New Methods in Social Justice Research for the Twenty-First Century. Routledge.


    Other Resources
    CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE QUALITY ASSURANCE OF POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH IT Sligo 2013
    Url Resources
    This is project dependant, students will be guided by supervisor.
    Additional Info